|Gregorio Brilovich 14apr2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Gregorio tells of his family's journey from Latvia to Uruguay, then to Chile after the government takeover of the dairy industry, where he grew up quite poor. He speaks of his journey to America during World War II, his education as an engineer and subsequent world travels because of his career, his return to Chile at a volatile time, and finally his settling in California. To cite this interview: Gregorio Brilovich Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's We...
Keywords: Latvia; immigration; South America; Uruguay; Peddling milk and cheese; Chile; Synagogue; Santiago; Yiddish; Bar MItzvah; Berkeley; Freighter; engineer; California; assembly line; Cuba; Yiddish newspapers; engagement; marriage; payis; religious education; selling bread; Riga; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Sruli Dresdner 25August2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Sruli Dresdner is a scholar of Klezmer and Hasidic music. He and his wife, Lisa Mayer, have been teaching young people about Jewish music for the last 15 years through classroom visits, summer camps, and Klezmer music festivals. They are based in the New York area. To learn more, visit the Clubhouse. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sruli Dresdner Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whi...
Keywords: Holocaust; Roots/heritage; Music; Advice; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Childhood; Yiddish language (feelings of/about; meaning; descriptions of); Career and Professional Life; Religion and ritual; Jewish holidays; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; United States; Yiddish Book Center; Transmission (intergenerational; cultural; social... parenting); Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time); Chasidic; Belgium; Romania; Galicia; Eleanor Roosevelt; Kristallnacht; Cuba; wedding cake; Satmar; hoysbokher; nigunim; Queens; 1961; Satmar; Belgium; Chasidism; Galicia; Cuba; Sanok stetl; hoysbokher; nigunim; Kew Gardens Queens; Klezmer; Klezkanada; klezkamp; Paul Pincus; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Lili Bermant 26oct2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Lili Bermant is an 83-year-old widow from Antwerp, Belgium, currently living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lili started the interview talking about her upbringing in Belgium before the outbreak of World War II. Both of her parents were Jewish, her mother from a religious family in Poland. Her mother, wanting to get a better education, came to Belgium from Poland. She spoke German and French. Lili's father spoke Flemish and Yiddish, but as Lili said, somehow they made it work...
Keywords: Antwerp; Belgium; Amherst; Massachusetts; Poland; Holocaust; France; Cuba; Jewish Identity; Shomer Haditi; New York; Bar Mitzvah; Diamond Broker; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Immigration; Migration; and place; Literature; Career and Professional Life; Holocaust; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Zionism; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; United States; Latin America; Politics and political movements; Yiddish Book Center; Youth group; Roots/heritage; Anti-Semitism; Travel; Wexler Oral History Project; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center
|Eugene Orenstein 26August2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Eugene Orenstein, Associate Professor Yiddish and Modern Jewish History at McGill University in Montreal, was interviewed by Pauline Katz at KlezKanada on August 26, 2011. Eugene Orenstein begins his interview with an extremely detailed account of his parents’ life in Poland. The third son of Jewish immigrants, Eugene’s memory has captured many of the stories his parents told him growing up. Eugene carefully details the stories behind both his mother and father’s life, how they were sweeth...
Keywords: Yiddish language; Jewish education; Yiddish around the world; Old Country; Eastern Europe; kheder; Yeshiva; Warsaw; Poland; roots/heritage; Social-Zionists; poverty; pogroms Immigration; Migration; World War I; New York City; Bund; United States; Anti-Semitism; Polish army; Soviet Russia; Communism; Bolsheviks; Cuba; quota system; Marxist; cooperative housing; immigrants; Bronx; New York; Jewish religion; Scholem Aleichem schools; Arbeter Ring schools; Shul Nummer Eins; Summer camp; Yiddish scene (U.S.); Camp Kinderland; History; childhood; Books; Literature; Yiddish teaching; Yiddish revival and activism; Yiddish learning; Career and Professional Life; Education; Family traditions; Canada; Assimilation; Jewish community; Transmission; Yiddish personalities; Yiddish culture: other; McGill University; Montreal; Montreal Public Library; Yiddish revival; activist; Jewish studies; advice; Scholarship; Academia; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc
|Henry Slucki 15January2013 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)|
Henry Slucki, child survivor of the Holocaust, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Henry was born in Paris and later escaped on a boat with other Jewish children from Portugal. He began to learn Yiddish in the United States when he stayed with a great aunt and uncle while his parents waited for entry visas from Cuba. Henry moved to Los Angeles in 1949 and has been involved in local Yiddish circles ever since...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Immigration; Migration; Theater; Dance; Literature; Scholarship; Academia; Holocaust; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; United States; Latin America; Summer camp; Food and culinary traditions; Roots/heritage; Jewish community; Urban; Travel; World War Two; Other languages; shabbat; shabbes; sabbath; Career and Professional Life; Henry Slucki; Paris; France; Barcelona; Spain; Montauban; New York City; Cuba; California; Los Angeles; Itzik Manger; Sholem Community Organization; Child Survivors of the Holocaust Organization; Yiddishkayt LA; California Institute of Yiddish Language and Culture; Camp Kinderland; Yidish Kinder Teater; Yiddish Children's Theater; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; 2000s; Communism; Communist Party; Hitler-Stalin Pact; Spanish; French; Secular; Veltlekh; Doikayt; Esperanto